2010 Domaine de l’Alliance
Domaine de l’Alliance – Sauternes
RELEASED 19th May 2011 – £74/half case 50cl bottles
Bill Blatch: According to Daniel, this is his best vintage to date (and he’s a humble man) combining “the fullness and complexity of 09, the elegance of 08 and the finesse of 07”. He also believes that people buy Sauternes because it is sweet, and doesn’t curtail the richness by wider picking like many do. This is very rich (148 g/l residual) yet very finely-tuned in its fresh, quince-flavoured, light-grained kind of way, with vibrant acidity (4,35g/l TA) and great freshness in the opulence. He is living proof that you don’t need to be First Growth to make great Sauternes.
Neal Martin: 90-92/100 – Look out for this tiny producer. Daniel Alibrand has fashioned a light, but attractive bouquet demonstrating good minerality and precision with hints of fresh grapefruit and lime. The palate is fresh and pure on the entry, with light honey, quince and crushed stone, leading to a precise and focused finish that compensates for its lack of botrytis with its precision. Watch this blossom with age.
Jancis Robinson: 15.5/20 – Drink 2016-2022. Lots of fructose and citrus. Not the noblest and only middling sweetness. Lucozade. Chewy end. Residual Sugar 148 g/l, Total Acidity 4.35 g/l, Alcohol 13.75%.